Instructor: H. Hill
An introduction to qualitative research methods in library and information science. The identification of researchable questions and the design of qualitative studies within a variety of research paradigms. The ethical conduct of qualitative research including recruitment of participants, collection, management, and analysis of data, and reporting of findings.
Course Syllabi for LIS 9801A-001 (Fall 2019)
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Students who successfully complete all requirements for this course will be able to:
1) Identify researchable problems in library and information science and develop appropriate research questions for gathering qualitative data (2);
2) Recognize major research paradigms in LIS (e.g., positivist, interpretive, critical) and understand the ways these shape the design and evaluation of qualitative studies and the collection and analysis of qualitative data (1, 2, 8, 9);
3) Understand, critically evaluate, and apply appropriate strategies for sampling and recruitment in qualitative research (3, 4);
4) Discuss ethical considerations of qualitative research; interpret and apply relevant ethics guidelines for research involving humans (7);
5) Understand, critically evaluate, reflect on, and communicate a range of qualitative research approaches; apply approaches to design effective and ethical data collection tools and strategies appropriate to the chosen paradigm and to the question and setting under study (3, 4, 5);
6) Appropriately and ethically collect, record, and process (e.g., transcribe) qualitative data (4);
7) Effectively analyze qualitative data according to accepted standards; communicate findings (4, 5, 8);
8) Apply appropriate measures of research quality to discuss and critique qualitative studies (8).
MLIS Program Goals and Objectives